Spring marks the time of year for renewal. What better way to do so than taking the time to clean and organize your home? Since the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a home, starting your spring cleaning there will bring a sense of simplicity and organization to your living space and to your day. Here are ten easy ways to organize your kitchen:
Consider See-Through Storage
Make it a snap for kids to grab snacks on the go with see-through wire baskets.
Stash Items Over-the-Door
Stash pantry items in the see-through pockets of an over-the-door organizer to virtually eliminate search time.
Organize Cupboard Items by How Often You Use Them
Everyday cooking implements, pots and pans, and utensils should be by the stove; dinnerware and glasses near the sink (or dishwasher); larger serving bowls slightly farther away; platters for holidays farthest from your main traffic area (or even in the dining room).
Stack Cups in Your Favour
Storing saucers is no problem: they nest neatly. Teacups, on the other hand, always threaten to topple over. Place cup over saucer, in tidy stacks of no more than three or four.
Store Knives Properly
Storing knives properly helps them to maintain their edges. Use a magnetic strip to keep knives safe and at arm’s length when you are ready to chop, slice, or dice.
Make Space with Trays
Increase cupboard space by using a serving tray as a shelf divider. You’ll need a tray almost as wide as the cupboard’s depth. Cut a piece of non-skid shelf liner to fit the tray so glasses stay put and rims are protected. Place large glasses upside down on the shelf, set tray on top, and arrange smaller glasses upside down on top of tray.
Clear Your Counters
Clear up the clutter and make the most of your countertops by using an elegant cake stand to hold olive oil, salt, pepper, and other frequently used seasonings. The stand makes it easy to find and use these ingredients while you cook, and gives you space to arrange other herbs and spices around the base of the pedestal.
Clean Out the Refrigerator
Keep trash bags near the trash can, and throw a stack of loose bags into the bottom of the can. That way, when you pull out one bag, there is already another one right below it waiting to be used. If you put your trash out at the curb one night a week, use that time to clean out your refrigerator each week too. See what food needs to be pitched and immediately throw it out, and take the trash out to the curb right then. Your refrigerator will house only current items and will be less cluttered — and it only takes a few minutes.
Hide Away Cutting Boards
Store cutting boards on top of the refrigerator or microwave for quick, yet out of the way access.
Maximize Corner Storage
It’s easy to leave corners unused. To make sure these spaces don’t go to waste when you’re desperate for more storage, look for small or specially designed corner shelving units that will fit right in.